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For a school that's supposed to be highly regarded for it's archaeology program I find it a little unusual that I've been able to see more guest speakers lecturing on biology than anthropology in the past five months. Additionally, while reading ahead in my Anth 331 class I chose the chapter on the Northwest Coast tribes and found that one of my current professors is cited once in the chapter and has three works included in the book's bibliography; meanwhile an instructor at my former community college is cited at least five times within the chapter and has three works of his own included in the bibliography.

South Puget Sound Community College may not be a very well-known school, but I like knowing that the teachers at the college are recognized for the work they've done in their respective fields rather than derided for not teaching at a more 'established' institution. All three of my anthropology teachers were Ph.D holders - one in archaeology, one in linguistics, and one in biological anthropology (with an emphasis on Polynesian cultures) - and I know they're not the only faculty members to hold such an advanced degree.

During class on Thursday I also heard my Cultural Ecology professor comment on how it's very rare to see a cultural geography class offered at an American university, as the discipline isn't considered as important here as it is on the other side of the Atlantic. But wouldn't you know, I took a cultural geography class at my community college as well. Crazy.


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Feb. 13th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Your LJ's background is changed~
How many is tile.
Feb. 15th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
I haven't counted how many tiles are in the background - the image is from a piece of scrapbook paper that I scanned into the computer, then I had livejournal repeat the picture to make the pattern show up. Sorry it's not green anymore! ;)

By the way ... I hope you had a good Daeboreum!!
Feb. 15th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
I just remember one of my friends is in Aceh for a month doing something cultural geography stuff. Being previously american-trained i thought it was the oddest quest ever. And I honestly thought it was a tad bit ridiculous not to mention arrogant/wrong to come over there and see these folks like some sort of flocks of birds migrating to a new habitation due to the tsunami.

But then again, I'll be doing my research around diaspora, so I really don't have a say on it, i guess. :P
Feb. 15th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Do you know anything about the focus of your friend's research? If it was a government-sponsered survey with the aim of observing how people are handling the situation that might be a little different from going to see "how bad life is" or something of the sort.

Sure you have a say ... your friend might call you on it though. ;)
Feb. 15th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
No, he's not there to see how 'bad' life is. He's looking at the movements of the different sub ethnic groups who's original living areas were affected by the tsunami. I dunno.. It's the humane part of me who doesn't want to see these people be treated, as I mentioned before, like flocks of birds.

It's funded by an international NGO, usually they have more money for nonsensical research like that. Well, I'm being too harsh. I'm sure there's a use to that survey.
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